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Research shows that the most critical age for the development of social identity and attitudes is young adolescence. With the Chen Youth Leadership Program, we are taking advantage of this window of opportunity to create a grass-roots movement to change negative attitudes towards people with disabilities – and at the same time ensure that Israel has a cadre of future leaders who will promote inclusive attitudes towards people with disabilities.

Through the Chen Youth Leadership Program we train groups of youth aged 13 -15 as leaders, teach them about disability issues and help them become powerful advocates for inclusion of people with special needs.

The Chen Program is recommended by the Ministry of Education and its effectiveness has been validated through published research.